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BFMC event: Navigating Character Arcs: Hone Your Script by Deepening Your Character

  • 24 Jun 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • online


Knowing your character inside and out will give your script an authenticity that draws people in; it allows you to tailor plot points to your character’s emotional and spiritual progress. By delving into why your characters go about things the way they do, why they sometimes feel alone, why they don't have more support, and what’s stopping them, you’ll be, in effect, refining your theme. Focusing on your narrative POV (which includes your character’s POV) as you navigate the various emotions your character experiences is a powerful way to strengthen your script and make your mark as a storyteller.

In this workshop you’ll gain insight on how to

  • Deepen your character’s arc.

  • Ensure you don’t just have conflict, but that you have meaningful conflict stemming from diverse POVs

  • Get into your character’s head and feel the pulse of a scene. 

  • Make a scene unfold and expand so it feels like a real-time, but still interesting, development.

Advance preparation:  To participate fully in this workshop, please watch or rewatch the films Moonlight and Get Out, the pilot episodes of Breaking Bad and Fleabag, and the second season premiere of Fleabag. Be prepared to discuss how the characters develop and change.

Class size is limited to 20 participants to ensure you get a quality learning experience, including plenty of time for interaction and Q&A with Marilyn.

Cost: $65; student price $45 (limited)

For tickets and more information, click here!

Marilyn R Atlas is a Hollywood Talent/Literary Manager and Producer. Atlas has long been committed to diversity and portrayal of strong female protagonists. She’s the producer of the HBO Sundance winning film “Real Women Have Curves” (in development as a Broadway show) and “The Choking Game” on Lifetime among other films. Marilyn also produced several plays including the award winning “To Gillian on her 37th Birthday” and (Ashman Menken) “God Bless You Mr. Rosewater” as well as “Detained in the Desert” at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio among other plays. She has spoken at numerous writers’ conferences throughout the US and Europe. She’s currently developing projects based on diverse characters such as the Gary Phillips crime books and the award-winning middle school book series, “The Code Busters Club” for television, as well as developing a limited series in conjunction with Maten a Chinese-based production company. She’s also developing a TV project based on the manuscript, “Trouble With Dreamers”. She is the co-author of a relationship-based, screenwriting guide called “Dating Your Character,” – Stairway Press, Fall 2016.

Any questions, please email BFMC at: info@berkshirefilm.org



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